The Ancestor's Tale #2020

The Ancestor's Tale By Richard Dawkins The Ancestor s Tale THE ANCESTOR S TALE is a pilgrimage back through time a journey on which we meet up with fellow pilgrims as we and they converge on our common ancestors Chimpanzees join us at about million years in
  • Title: The Ancestor's Tale
  • Author: Richard Dawkins
  • ISBN: 9780753819968
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Ancestor's Tale By Richard Dawkins THE ANCESTOR S TALE is a pilgrimage back through time a journey on which we meet up with fellow pilgrims as we and they converge on our common ancestors Chimpanzees join us at about 6 million years in the past, orang utans at 14 million years, as we stride on together, a growing band The journey provides the setting for a collection of some 40 tales Each explores an asTHE ANCESTOR S TALE is a pilgrimage back through time a journey on which we meet up with fellow pilgrims as we and they converge on our common ancestors Chimpanzees join us at about 6 million years in the past, orang utans at 14 million years, as we stride on together, a growing band The journey provides the setting for a collection of some 40 tales Each explores an aspect of evolutionary biology through the stories of characters met along the way The tales are interspersed with prologues detailing the journey, route maps showing joining lineages, and life like reconstructions of our common ancestors THE ANCESTOR S TALE represents a pilgrimage on an unimaginable scale our goal is four billion years away, and the number of pilgrims joining us grows vast ultimately encompassing all living creatures At the end of the journey lies something remarkable in its simplicity and transformative power the first, humble, replicating molecules.
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    1. On Monday, an old friend came round to lunch, and, while we were having a cup of tea in the living room, remarked on the number of Richard Dawkins books on my shelf Somehow, I d never heard that she d actually had Dawkins as a supervisor for one term when she was an undergraduate at Oxford in the late 70s it was in connection with the course she was reading on animal behaviour I asked what he was like as a person, and she was unenthusiastic Clearly very intelligent, but there was something about [...]


    2. There are some facts the simple knowing of which seems to me to be a supreme achievement of our species The fact that we are all made of stardust The fact that 99.9999999999999 percent of all matter is empty The fact that mass and energy can be expressed in terms of each other Stuff like that.Pre eminent among these to me, for sheer mind expanding awe, is the fact that life on this planet has developed precisely once, as far as we know, and everything on earth has evolved from it That means that [...]


    3. Poor Dawkins he gets a bad reputation People think he s mean and nasty and heartless and elitist Okay, I might have to grant people the elitist bit, because, well, I m a bit of an elitist myself But I dare you all to read this book and then tell me that Dawkins isn t a total squishy Let s just say this he stops in the middle of the book to talk about how much he misses Douglas Adams, who was a dear friend of his He waxes poetic about evolution and how much he wishes he could meet our ancestors H [...]


    4. This is the 2016, revised edition of this fabulous book In this edition, Richard Dawkins is a co author with Yan Wong This is a very hefty tome, just under 800 pages It is a marvelously inventive, masterful look at evolution, as seen from the point of view of homo sapiens travelling backwards in time, back to the dawn of life Each time the route of evolution reaches a branch point with another species, it is called a Rendezvous there are 40 rendezvous altogether The book is extremely interesting [...]


    5. This book blew my mind so many times in so many ways It is quite simply the most fascinating thing I have ever read about life on this planet Dawkins traces our evolution from the present day back through the very first organisms on earth He uses various rendezvouses to show the points where we connected with other species and phyla and what those connections say about us, about our biology and about life in general By tracing our lineage back through these various concestors Dawkins makes you r [...]


    6. Wow I like Richard Dawkins I like what he has to say in The God Delusion and I like his tweets for the same reason Lots of people don t like his confrontational stand on religion, but don t let that put you off here First and foremost, he is an amazing scientist This book is so comprehensive, it is daunting just thinking about it When I collected it from the library and saw the size, I outwardly groaned, wondering how I would tackle it I needn t have worried Dawkins takes us on a backwards pilgr [...]


    7. Fantastic If I d read this in high school I would definitely be a biologist by now.Often I agree with Dawkins views on creationists, but usually he s an obnoxious ass about it Thankfully, in this book he only disses them occasionally For most of the book he sticks to his strengths, i.e clear and exciting explanations of the beautiful yet structured diversity of the natural world.Lots of nifty thoughts about how evolution works and how mind shatteringly cool life is There s an interesting structu [...]


    8. 6 stars NOTE I like to provide a 6 star rating to a book when it has been able to keep me in a state of amazement almost continuously for at least 80% of its content A terrific book on evolution from the vast spectrum of creatures on this planet Truly, a lot of information has been provided Can be a bit heavy to people who may not be from a scientific academic background Almost every topic that I read in the book kept me in a state of awe while I learnt new things The book is a must read for any [...]


    9. While I read different genres, I only review books with a religious content So, if I may be excused for one of my liberal Christian rants, let me say this It s a sad day when a book about evolution earns a spot on the shelves of a religion blog It simply astounds me that half of all Americans still do not believe in evolution The evidence is so overwhelmingly against a young earth that if Christianity is going to survive, it must pull its head out of the sand and reinterpret the Bible s creation [...]


    10. Fascinating zoology but plenty of flotsam The Beaver s Tale The Duckbill s Tale and The Axolotl s Tale are outstanding examples of modern naturalism The classical genetics is adequate but the molecular data is explained minimally and not compelling More details on the challenges and uncertainties inherent in genomic sequencing and cross species comparisons would have been helpful When Dawkins is not discussing zoology the writing is overly verbose, and suffers the professor s conceit of assuming [...]


    11. After finishing The Selfish Gene, I rushed out to the store to buy another of Dawkins books While the size of this tome was quite intimidating, I found the premise utterly fascinating The narrative traces humans evolutionary ancestry, from primates to concestor zero, or the beginning of life on Earth.Dawkins knowledge of zoology shines as he gives examples of the fascinating animals that share some of our genes Readers will undoubtedly learn about plants and animals they had never heard of befor [...]


    12. Dawkins presents evolutionary biology in a Chaucerian format As with the pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales, each of Dawkins tales is about pilgrims on their way to a common destination, in this case the beginning of life Each group of species marches back in time rendezvousing where they share their most recent common ancestor, what Dawkins calls a Concester The first rendezvous is six million years ago 6 Ma where we, our Homo and Australopithecine ancestors share a Concestor with the chimpanzees [...]


    13. Richard Dawkins has done an astounding job producing this book If it were not for his other great works, The Selfish Gene and The Extended Phenotype The Long Reach of the Gene, The Ancestor s Tale would be his best work in evolutionary science It matters not one bit that it s a summary and synthesis of others primary work great scientists have always been able to look out across their field of expertise and write a defining work of value for both scientists and the educated public.My only, sligh [...]


    14. I love this book It s not the kind of thing I usually read, because I prefer fiction to non fiction by far, at least when I have a choice about it And I really, really loathe Dawkins The God Delusion, largely because of the tone he takes toward people who are religious believers But The Ancestor s Tale is mostly just science, and it s written in an accessible, almost conversational way It actually has literary ancestors ha , in the form of The Canterbury Tales, which Dawkins chose as his format [...]


    15. This is my favorite book in the whole world Someday it may be eclipsed by something else but for now it s this What I love most about this book is the number of times I found myself thinking, Wow, I had no idea It makes perfect sense when you think it out, but the entire premise of the book, that every living thing on earth, from human being to plant to bacteria, shares a common ancestor, that actually existed at a point sufficiently far enough in the past The book consists of a pilgrimage to th [...]


    16. I ve been a fan of Dawkins for a while solely based on interviews, but this is the first of his books I ve actually read It works its way backwards through the evolutionary tree, detailing how all living things are related how a stranger on the street, your dog, your house plant, bacteria and you are all distant cousins It s a fascinating read, technical enough if you re interested, but not so much so that it s threatening to the non science minded It s broken into various tales The Howler Monke [...]


    17. The Ancestor s Tale is an incredible find With a form based loosely on Chaucer s Canterbury Tales, Dawkins marches back in time to each of humankind s ancestors Witty, brilliant and engaging, you will learn a great deal about evolutionary biology, and a million fun and intriguing facts Whether you agree to disagree with the facts establishing evolution as a law of science, this book is worth your time Plus, it is so dense and rich, you will feel proud to put it on your shelf after you have finis [...]


    18. A great book Also full of fun, amazing trivia about the mind blowing diversity of life as well as the easily over looked fundamental links and commonalities between huge classifications of organisms I learned from books like this that the full implications of the scale of universal time and space, as well as the far finite scale of earthly life and development, and the implications of evolution are still only scarcely and slowly seeping into our consciousness and our view of ourselves and the w [...]



    19. Non Fiction 4 billion years of evolution, practically in real time To avoid any human centrism, Dawkins famous for his outspoken stance against creationism does this backwards and models the journey on Chaucer s Canterbury Tales Scared yet Well, it s not in rhyme or Old English, but Dawkins does tend toward lofty language and wild, rambling digressions It bugged me at first, but over the course of this SIX HUNDRED PAGE BOOK, I got used to it and even grew to appreciate Dawkins and his sly humor [...]


    20. It s a shame that some people get caught up in Mr Dawkins as a supposed spokesman for Atheism because first and foremost, he s a scientist, and this book is about the science behind life on Earth In order to better explain evolutionary science, Dawkins metaphorically borrows Chaucer s journey to Canterbury to travel back in time We start in the present day, and then examine our common ancestors from mammals, to birds, reptiles, etc all the way back to bacteria and how life itself may have come t [...]


    21. Richard Dawkins is the best writer on the topic of evolution that I have encountered He is able to explain concepts in such a way as to make them easily understandable All of the books that I have read by Dawkins have been very informative and entertaining as well The Ancestor s Tale is a cleverly structured book in which Dawkins takes the reader on a journey chronologically back in time through our evolutionary history Each successive chapter is the next branch of our evolutionary tree where Ho [...]


    22. After Cosmos and The Selfish Gene, this is the only book that has simply blown my mind What a brilliant work Dawkins guides us along on the greatest pilgrimage ever to the dawn of evolution in a style reminiscent of The Canterbury Tales Through different tales told by organisms we rendezvous along the way, he manages to introduce a plethora of biological wonders, ethical considerations, scientific thinking and philosophy A must, must read for everyone especially those with a passion for nature a [...]


    23. This is the best science book I read in 2006 The structure moving backwards thru the history of life is unique, and works for the most part Ok, it got a little boring when it lingered on things like nematode worms and the like near the end The only thing I wish the book had Illustrations I had to keep my laptop by my side and constantly Google the names of organisms i d never heard of to see what they look like.Dawkins is a seductive writer I would recommend always reading something by one of hi [...]


    24. Very well written, extremely eloquent, not particularly abstruse Incredibly informative, dense but not impenetrably so Slightly cheapened by a few brief but unnecessary political comments Jabs at religion are to be expected with a Dawkins book, but unless directly addressing creationist claims, also unnecessary Particularly poignant passages regarding uncertainties of molecular dating issues Historical perspective on how our understandings of various organisms their phylogenies are the masterstr [...]


    25. A masterful work, and one that stands out even among Dawkins other popular works It takes the form of a long pilgrimage backwards through time towards the ancient Canterbury of life s origin on Earth The several interweaving tales of our ancestor or cousin species for instance, the fascinating evolution of the whale provides a fresh, breathing narrative to what could have been a very dry book I finish reading this book with a new appreciation for all creatures on this Earth and a feeling as thou [...]


    26. A thorough and fascinating pilgrimage through life on earth Dawkins again is able to take the complex and sometimes confusing aspects of scientific literature and present it for any reader, whether a hardened biologist or high school student If evolutionary biology is your interest, this is a must read.


    27. Political economy basics are often explained with the help of an analogy we imagine a beach in summer with people sun bathing for the sake of simplicity, we assume that the beach is one dimensional a straight line running from left to right and that the people are distributed approximately equidistant from each other An enterprising ice cream vendor comes along with his cart and sets up shop where should he position himself if he desires to maximize his sales Clearly, anywhere for as long as he [...]


    28. The sheer amount of information packed into this book would have to be daunting to a reader not initiated into the language of biology, but any fan of Darwin, Stephen Jay Gould or E.O Wilson to name a few will revel in the way that Dawkins journeys from the tip of the branch modern man to the trunk of the tree at the beginning of all life on earth Each waypoint in the journey is a junction at which another branch of life rejoins ours on the way to the trunk at life s earliest moment, and is an o [...]


    29. Dawkins and Ward narrating audiobooks together make them far entertaining than they really have any right to That said, if you re not deliberately reading all Dawkins stuff I am , you can totally skip this one The important info is also found plenty of other places, including Dawkins own work.


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